Fit Academy Summer Camp for Kids

Fit Academy is a summer day camp for young people aged 6 to 12. Campers will experience daily group exercise, games, nutrition education, cooking lessons, and extraordinary fun! Fit Academy promotes healthier lifestyles for ALL children. The camp is open to Wellness Center members and non-members, and will operate in one-week sessions from June 8 through July 3, and July 6 – July 31.

Fit Academy is currently FULL for the 2020 dates of June 8 – July 3.

We are now taking enrollment for the 2020 dates of July 6 – July 31 

 Fit Academy makes a fun Art Project!

  • Who: Young people aged 6 to 12, members or non-members
  • Where: Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
  • When: June 8 – July 3 & July 6 – July 31. Sessions are 1 week at a time
  • Camp Hours: Arrive between 7:30am and 8:00am, pick up at 4:30pm daily
  • Fee: $150 per week (limited scholarships available)
  • Activities include: Hiking, gardening, swimming, nutrition classes, cooking classes, daily group games and activities, fitness classes, bowling and so much more.
  • Registration: Parents can choose to register their child for the entire 4 weeks of camp, or pick and choose weeks for the summer.

Fit Academy Registration

Wellness Center COVID-Safe Reopening Plan

COVID-safeWe thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we carefully review rules and regulations to plan for your safe return. We know you have many questions about what to expect! This communication should prepare you for your return to the gym. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. You will find all necessary contact information at the conclusion of this communication.

Our goal is to reopen the Wellness Center slowly, safely, and in compliance with state and local healthcare officials. We will follow a phased reopening plan outlined by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and the Governor’s office. Our operations will be modified as we slowly re-engage with our members and eventually our community.

Opening Date: To be announced. We will set an official opening date and timeline for our Moderate Engagement activities once the state announces the plan to move forward into Phase III.

Available for members with social distancing

  • Therapy Pool – Rehab Hour (M-F 12:15pm – 1:00pm)
  • Aqua Arthritis
  • Lap pool swimming 
  • Weight Room (Physical Therapy Referral or Cardiac Rehab Graduate)
  • Cardiovascular Equipment (Physical Therapy Referral or Cardiac Rehab Graduate)
  • Outdoor Exercise Classes
  • Locker Room (lap swimmers only)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Virtual and Outdoor Personal training
  • Virtual Nutrition and health coaching
  • Virtual group exercise classes; We will continue to provide virtual content for an undetermined amount of time for members through a private Facebook group.  Non-members and guest will be able to purchase virtual classes for just $10 per month.

Wellness Center Committment

  • A safe, clean, and disinfected environment for your return.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations and additional disinfectant wipe dispensers.
  • Cardiovascular equipment will be spaced 15 feet apart to ensure recommended distancing.
  • Employees will be screened for fever, using a touchless thermometer, each time when entering the building.
  • Employees will be required to wear a mask when working.
  • Increased disinfecting protocols.
  • Maximum Capacity 75 members per hour based on the Medical Fitness Association recommendations.

Temporarily Suspended or Closed

  • Onsite group exercise (Indoors)
  • Weight Room (general members)
  • Cardiovascular Equipment (general members)
  • Childcare reservations
  • Racquetball reservations
  • Towel service
  • Indoor walking track
  • Self-serve coffee
  • Cooking classes
  • Birthday parties
  • Personal Training 

Member Responsibilities

  • Participate in touchless thermometer temperature screenings.
  • Answer a simple questionnaire regarding illness and travel.
  • Sign a daily waiver acknowledgment (REQUIRED).
  • Respect signage and staff guidelines.
  • Refrain from gathering in groups inside the facility.
  • Please stay in the building for (1) hour or less to allow other members access to the facility because of our occupancy control limits.
  • Wear a mask upon entering or exiting the building and between activities. A mask is NOT required while actively participating in exercise. The wellness center will not provide masks for members- you must provide your own mask or face-covering.
  • Bring your own hydration or purchase from our front desk. Water fountains will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Maintain appropriate distance of at least 6 feet, or 10-15 feet while exercising.
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Wellness Center is closed effective March 17

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is making the difficult decision to close the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center effective March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The decision was made given the extraordinary events of the past few days, including the president’s recent recommendation that all gatherings should be limited to no more than ten people.

The Wellness Center will remain closed for at least two weeks, at which time we will reevaluate the situation. Member billing will be adjusted for this period of closure, and any applicable late fees will be waived for the month of March.

We understand that the Wellness Center is an integral part of many people’s daily lives and routines. During this unprecedented time, we feel that this closure is a necessary step in ARHS’s efforts to flatten the curve and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Due to medical necessity, patients will still have the option to receive physical therapy and occupational therapy services at The Rehabilitation Center. For more information about The Rehabilitation Center, please call (828) 268-9043.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

For questions regarding closure of the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, please call 828-266-1060.

For more information about the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s response to COVID-19, visit apprhs.org/COVID19 .

Check-In Challenge

In Honor of Member Appreciation Month, we are hosting a check-in challenge with the opportunity to win great prizes based on your # of visits.

  • 12+ Visits: Entered in to win a free month of membership
  • 15+ Visits: Entered in to win a free 60 minute massage
  • Most Visits: Wins a free PT package of 3-60 min sessions

*Check Ins will be counted only from 3/1/20-3/ 31/20

In order to be eligible to win, a minimum of ONE donation item must be brought in for the Hunger & Health Coalition! Some of the most requested items include:

Oatmeal Rice Cold Cereal
Canned Fruit Canned Vegetables Crackers
Peanut Butter Jelly Soup
Tuna Canned Chicken Dried Beans
Canned Beans Canned Tomatoes Juices
Macaroni & Cheese Pasta Pasta Sauces
Tortillas Corn Husks Chili







**Donation items will be tracked at the Front Desk. If you have any questions please see the Front Desk for information or call 828-266-1060

Blood Pressure Clinic

Blood Pressure Clinic

The Blood Pressure Clinic is a service provided by the Wellness Center to educate individuals about their blood pressure numbers and the importance of checking for changes in their resting blood pressure. Blood pressures will be taken by an exercise specialist with knowledge on how to help you better understand factors that play a role in blood pressure changes. The Wellness Center will help keep track of not only your resting blood pressure numbers but your resting heart rate and oxygen saturation levels. If at any time you would like to communicate your resting numbers to your primary physician, we can provide you with a printed copy or fax your recorded numbers.

Monday and Wednesday – 10:30am – 11:45am

Located in Classroom 2

Starts March 2nd.


See the front desk or call (828) 266-1060 for more info.

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Cooking with Casey

Cooking with Casey


Learn basic cooking skills, try tasty snacks, and learn about the basics of nutrition!

Our Goal 

Throughout this class your child will learn basic kitchen safety skills and increase their confidence in helping prepare meals in the kitchen. They will also learn the basics of nutrition focusing on sugar, healthy carbohydrates and protein, and how to build a balanced plate. Your child will leave the class feeling accomplished and excited about cooking healthy meals, snacks and desserts.

Basic Information

  • For children ages 8-10
  • The class will be held every Monday evening from 4:00 – 6:30 from March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020
  • There will be 10 spots available
  • Cost is $125 per child
  • Sign up at the front desk
  • Call (828) 266-1060 for more info

Let your child get comfortable in the kitchen, make new friends, and explore the world of nutrition.

Week 1

  • tie dye aprons
  • learn basic kitchen safety skills
  • prepare fun, healthy snacks focused on fruits and veggies

Week 2

  •  Learn about sugar, its sources, and why we should limit it
  • Prepare healthy desserts to learn about and try alternatives to traditional favorites 

Week 3

  • Learn about MyPlate, what it is and how to use it to build a healthy, balanced plate
  • Prepare healthy, packable lunches and talk about how they fit

Week 4

  • Prepare a homemade, family style Italian meal
  • Each child is encouraged to invite up to two family members to join them on the final night of class at 6:30 to enjoy a handmade Italian meal and discuss their favorite parts of the class

About Your Instructor 

Meet Heather Casey

Meet Heather Casey

Registered Dietitian

Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Over the last 8 years, Heather has worked at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System as a Clinical Dietitian. Heather is also the Director of the Adolescent Fitness Program (Ad-Fit) and teaches Nutrition Counseling and Nutrition Assessment classes at Appalachian State University.

When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys being active through hiking and running, and enjoys participating in and watching sports. Her desire as a Registered Dietitian is to help teach, encourage and motivate each individual on his or her journey towards wellness.

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